Peering into the void that is Japanese foreign policy

Uesugi Takashi, a Japanese freelance journalist, has an article at Diamond Online (Shukan Daiyamondo's web site) reporting live from the press room at TICAD IV in Yokohama.As usual, the title says it all: "It's incompetent to do only aid / Japanese foreign policy's fruitless effort at the Africa development summit."Uesugi paints a portrait of the …

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The elderly are important to the LDP

http://youtube.com/v/QPBICWwKVZIIn this, the LDP's latest commercial, Hamada Koichi, a former LDP Diet member-turned TV personality known as the "hooligan of the political world," stands with elderly voters to declare that the LDP is one with Japan's seniors and that the party will ease their insecurities.Something tells me that Hamako's bellowing will do little to fix …

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Forging a Fukuda consensus

Following his first salvo in the creation of a new Fukuda Doctrine, Sankei reports that Prime Minister Fukuda is preparing to launch the next salvo, which will be aimed at remaking Japan's foreign and defense policymaking process, namely by intensifying the Kantei's leadership in foreign policy.Mr. Fukuda's approach is markedly different from Abe Shinzo's, the …

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